In September 2012, the Goethe-Institutes of Tashkent and Almaty invited scientists and artists to come together to develop a new approach to deal with climate change and its impacts. They met up in the mountains of Central Asia.
Local and international scientists have measured the glaciers in Central Asia for many years. These observations support the claim that melting continues but questions still remain. How does climate change affect everyday life in Central Asia? What impact does culture have on the ways that communities understand and express concern about the severity of climate change? How does climate itself impact culture?
Glacier Music is one language used to describe and amplify the impact of climate change. The Glacier Music Project translates the sometimes-complicated languages of science into a widely-accessibly expression. Glacier music creates an entry point for wide audiences to reflect on the impacts of glaicer melt and environmental changes.
In that tradition, the Glacier Music Symposia were scheduled to take place in near- unison across Central Asia, in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tadzhikistan and Kirgizstan. Each is a nation highly vulnerable to glacial melt. The Glacier Music Symposia sought to increase public awareness of glacier melt and the impact that such melting could have on the livlihood of the people of the region.
The results, ideas and strategies developed over the course of the individual national symposia were presented at the international conference, "Climate Change and Culture," in Tashkent on November 22 and 23, 2012.
The scientific curator and host of the international seminars was architect Daniel Dendra (anOtherArchitect / FutureCityLab) from Berlin.
Uzbekistan: Hotel “Grand Nur”, Tashkent
Kazakhstan: Village near the glasciological station at the Tujuksu-Glacier
Kirgizstan: House of guests at Issykul Lake Tadzhikistan: Sarob Hotel in Dushanbe
Project Partners in Central Asia:
Centre of Hydrometeorological Service at Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzhydromet) (Центр гидрометеорологической службы (Узгидромет)), Academia of Science of Uzbekistan, Swiss Embassy in Kazakhstan, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, CAREC (Kazakhstan/Kirgizstan), German Kazak University, the Geographical Institute Almaty, Ökotourismus e.V.
Project Partners in Europe:
ZKM, European House Hellerau, HKW